What does it mean that Jesus came by water and blood in 1 John 5:6?


1 John 5:6

ESV - 6 This is he who came by water and blood - Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
To me, the reference to Jesus coming by water could refer to both the fact that he had experienced the normal process of birth (indicating that He was truly, fully human), and His baptism, in which He placed Himself under the Law so that He could perfectly fulfill it.

The reference to His coming by blood was related to the purpose of His incarnation being to shed His blood as the atoning sacrifice for human sin.

In writing these words, John may also have had in mind the way in which water and blood flowed from the wound in Jesus' side caused by the Roman soldier piercing it with his spear, of which John had been a personal witness at Christ's crucifixion (John 19:33-37).

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